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Prosecutors argue against Hunter Biden's request to subpoena Trump documents

Charges were brought this year while his father is president, which prosecutors called an "inconvenient truth" undercutting Hunter Biden's arguments.

Published: December 5, 2023 8:20am

Prosecutors fought against Hunter Biden's decision to subpoena documents from former President Donald Trump and his former Justice Department officials in the firearms case as the first son argues that they exerted pressure to investigate him.

Prosecutors urged U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika to reject the subpoena requests, arguing that the president's son does not have enough evidence to support his claims that the criminal investigation against him was the result of political interference, The Associated Press reported Monday.

"His allegations and subpoena requests focus on likely inadmissible, far-reaching, and non-specific categories of documents concerning the actions and motives of individuals who did not make the relevant prosecutorial decision in his case," federal prosecutor Leo Wise wrote in a court filing.

The probe of Hunter Biden's taxes and firearms purchase started in 2018 while Trump was in office, but charges were only brought this year while his father, Joe Biden, is president, which Wise called an "inconvenient truth" undercutting the defense's arguments.

Officials and Hunter Biden appeared to reach a plea deal earlier this summer in the yearslong case on tax and firearms charges, but it broke down after Noreika questioned its constitutionality. Hunter Biden was indicted in September on federal charges related to allegations that he falsified a firearms application by failing to state that he was using drugs at the time. He has since pleaded not guilty.

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